About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With 850 performances of 167 shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Pro tip: Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With 850 performances of 167 shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.


Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.


For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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Blood Debt

By Degenerate Theatre
Written by Austin Lee

Playing at Bryant-Lake Bowl


Political content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer


Just so you know, this show contains Violence, Adult language.

Can one truly justify excessive wealth? This brutal play addresses economic inequality. A Person kidnaps a Billionaire and forces him to pay a debt in blood while questioning his morals and decadent lifestyle.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Sat, 8/5 @ 4:00pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 5:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Cast and crew

Jeffery Goodson


A MN Fringe veteran eight times before, including Assassins, Shakespeare Ate My Brain, The Actor’s Nightmare, It Came From UUFO, Perhaps They’re French and The Rambler Family Ramblers. Jeff is thrilled to be part of this cast and work with this crew at this time in our country. Other stage work: The General in Table Salt’s rock-musical comedy Vampires! Horror! (reprised in the film version); Seymour in Lake Pepin Players’ Little Shop of Horrors ; roles in Godspell, A Man for All Seasons, Our Town, The Nerd; plus Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Nimbus Theatre and Brave New Workshop productions. Film work: Haunt This… , Shakespeare Ate My Brain(the movie) and various commercials and film shorts. A singer-songwriter, Jeff’s latest album of original music Of the Same Name was released last spring. More info on his website jefferygoodson.com.

Holly Peterson


Holly has been dabbling in the local theater and film scene for the last couple years after moving back from brief stints in Chicago and Maine, where she did more of the same. Most recently she has performed with Smartmouth Comedy, Anodyne Theater, and (life highlight!) A Drinking Game, MN. She was also certified by the SAFD this spring, which is unfortunately not going to be utilized in what is regardless a quite gory production.

Austin Lee

Director, Producer, Playwright

Austin is excited to participate in his second MN Fringe Festival. Normally an actor, this is Austin's first time writing, directing, and producing a play. Austin has performed in several productions at South Dakota State University and a handful of plays in the Twin Cities. His recent roles include Romeo/Professor Night in Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet and Tim Allgood in Noises Off at Lakeshore Players Theatre. He also played Tony Kirby in You Can't Take It With You at Eagan Theater Company and participated as a cast member at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
Austin is even more excited to marry his fiance and fellow Degenerate Theatre founder Whitney Graff in September!

Whitney Graff

Stage Manager, Publicity & Marketing

Whitney is thrilled to be making her debut with the Minnesota Fringe Festival! Originally from South Dakota, she has worked in multiple realms of theatre including acting, stage management, and theatre arts management. Some of her favorite past projects include appearing as Evelyn in The Shape of Things, stage managing Shrek: The Musical, and recently appearing as Ariel in Lakeshore Players production of The Tempest. Whitney is looking forward to sharing Blood Debt with audiences and hopes that this production, while intense and brutal, is enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Maggie Murphy

Costume Design

Jacob Lee Hofer

Technical Adviser, Videography, Sound Design

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Blood Debt is a two-person play that centers on income inequality and the lack of humility demonstrated by the top 1%. The Person is an ominous presence, almost an everyman, who questions the Billionaire's morals and values. The Person seeks a form of social justice due to unfavorable conditions forced upon the poor resulting from immense wealth and unregulated capitalism. The Billionaire refuses to accept that he or other extremely wealthy citizens could potentially bring harm to others during their selfish pursuits of wealth. When it is made clear that the Billionaire is simply uncaring for those who may suffer from his greed, the Person must force the Billionaire to pay a blood debt so he may finally recognize the humanity and suffering of the poor.


Bollywood Dance Scene